What Must Happen

What Must Happen

eBook - 2017
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What Must Happen has concerns which might be grouped under three headings. First there are personal, mainly elegiac poems that recall parents, relations and friends. The second grouping, including the title poem, has poems on wider historical subjects some of which relate to the personal through Wainwright's recollections of his upbringing and the history of the Potteries. This group also includes a series of contemporary characterisations of some of the Roman gods. Thirdly the collection includes some extensive sequences best described as 'variations' in that they reiterate and vary particular words, phrases, images and most importantly rhythms. One, 'An Empty Street' takes off from a painting, 'Via San Leonardo' by the 20th century Italian painter Ottone Rosai. The poems mostly use a free verse line although there is frequent use of stanza groupings and symmetrical structures across the poems as a whole. Whilst the personal and the historical poems often make use of considerable research, the composition of the 'variations' has been looser and more intuitive.
Publisher: [United States] : Carcanet Press Ltd. : Made available through hoopla, 2017
ISBN: 9781784101978
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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